The TEO must ensure that, throughout the period of funding approval, a programme of study or qualification in which an eligible student is enrolled and that receives SACC funding:
a) meets the objectives of foundation level tertiary education; which are to:
(i) provide people who do not already have essential foundation skills with access to a low cost way to gain those skills; and
(ii) provide progression to higher level study and skilled employment; and
(iii) build the literacy and numeracy skills of eligible students; and
(iv) enable beginning students to learn English or Te Reo Māori; and
(v) encourage those TEOs that are best able to meet the needs of foundation education students; and
b) leads to:
(i) a full qualification (of 40 credits or more) at level 1 or 2 on the NZQF; or
(ii) National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) at level 2 that is aligned with one or more of the Vocational Pathways; and
c) includes embedded literacy and numeracy provision (except for qualifications in ESOL or Te Reo Māori); and
d) unless the qualification is in ESOL or Te Reo Māori, includes an assessment process, under which students are assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool; and
e) if the qualification is in ESOL or Te Reo Māori, includes an assessment process under which students are assessed using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (as required by the TEC); and
f) is fees-free to all students; and
g) involves synchronous learning (delivered in real-time to the student); and
h) is not delivered entirely extramurally; and
i) is provided by tutors who hold an appropriate qualification (such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education (Vocational)).
To avoid doubt, local qualifications must include an embedded full National Certificate (except for local qualifications designed to introduce students to Te Reo Māori).
The TEO must not use SACC funding for qualifications where the TEC considers on reasonable grounds that a majority of the programme of study or training relates to health and safety or regulatory compliance learning.